Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under Federal Law no. 2, with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network.

The railway network will be built in phases to link the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, as well as to form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network linking the six countries of the GCC: The Kingdom of Bahrain, The State of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Built to international standards, Etihad Rail's state-of-the-art network will act as a catalyst for economic growth and sustained social development. Once complete, the railway will redefine logistics and transport in the region; thus providing a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable network which will connect the UAE and its regions to its neighbouring GCC countries.


The Etihad Rail Story



9th May
Etihad Rail signs MoU with Al Safa Transport
19th April
Etihad Rail employees visit Wahat Al Karama
8th March
Etihad Rail showcases at Middle East Rail 2017
18th February
Etihad Rail achieves a new milestone with transporting 10 million tonnes of sulphur
28th August
Etihad Rail employees today signed a “gratitude board” in celebration of Emirati Women’s Day
27th August
Celebrating the contribution of Emirati women towards a diversified economy
28th May
Etihad Rail clinches Rail Project of the Year award at MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2016
18th May
Etihad Rail signs MoU with Abu Dhabi Vocational Education & Training Institute
14th May
Etihad Rail hosts 7th meeting of the GCC Railway Expert Working Group
21st March
Etihad Rail receives Estidama Pearl Rating for seven ‘green’ buildings
11th January
Etihad Rail hosts MBA student delegation from the University of Maryland
6th January
10th December
Federal Transport Authority grants approval to start commercial operations on Stage One of the Etihad Rail Network
1st December
Etihad Rail celebrates the 44th UAE National Day
4th November
28th October
20th October
ETIHAD RAIL launches inaugural Flag Day competition on Social Media
4th October
29th September
15th March
Bin Lahej Crushers partners with Etihad Rail for cost-effective and reliable transport solution
8th March
24th February
Etihad Rail announces participation at IDEX 2015
11th January
Etihad Rail awards contract to National Transport & Contracting Company (NTCC) for design and development of employee residences
7th December
Stevin Rock Chooses Rail Transport to Strengthen Its Distribution Network
1st December
Etihad Rail celebrates the UAE’s 43rd National Day
24th November
Etihad Rail signs strategic agreement with ADNOC
13th November
Etihad Rail rolls into Abu Dhabi Science Festival 2014
4th November
Etihad Rail commemorates UAE Flag Day
8th October
National Quarries to enhance operations through new deal with Etihad Rail
25th September
Agility Signs MOU with Etihad Rail
21st September
UAE Armed Forces Pledges Commitment to Protection of the National Rail Network
8th September
Etihad Rail signs MoU with GIBCA Crusher
7th September
Globe Express Services signs strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Etihad Rail
17th July
International logistics service provider Newport Tank Containers recognises rail as preferred means of transport in the region
10th July
Al Jaber Group utilizes rail transport to enhance operations
6th July
Western Bainoona Group To Utilise Etihad Rail Services For UAE Construction Projects
3rd July
Al Futtaim Tarmac Quarry Product Company Signs an MoU With Etihad Rail
26th June
Etihad Rail Launches Safety Campaign in Western Region of Abu Dhabi
8th June
Etihad Rail awarded prestigious ISO 9001:2008 certification
4th June
Etihad Rail Surpasses 10 Million Hours Worked with Zero Lost-time Injuries
6th May
Etihad Rail signs MoU with the Saudi Railway Company (SAR)
25th March
Joint Venture Established to Operate Stage One of UAE’s National Railway Network
17th March
Etihad Rail Wins Project Finance Deal of the Year
15th December
Etihad Rail Signs MoU with SNTTA Cargo
10th November
Etihad Rail Celebrates Flag Day
31st October
Etihad Rail Signs MoU with Dubai-based RSA Logistics
21st October
Etihad Rail Signs MoU with JBC EXPRESS FREIGHT LLC
30th September
Etihad Rail signs MoU with National Air Cargo
14th August
Etihad Rail Signs MoU with leading logistics provider Bertschi
16th July
Etihad Rail Signs MoU with Dubai Industrial City
10th July
Etihad Rail Signs MoU with Emirates Transport
13th May
H.E. Dr. Nasser Al Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail and Madhav Kurup, CEO of Hellmann Middle East & North Africa
10th April
UAE Welcomes First Train at Mussafah Port.
8th April
Etihad Rail Awarded “Strategic Project of the Year” at 6th Annual Global Infrastructure
7th April
Etihad Rail participates in the Hannover Messe 2013 as part of the UAE Pavilion
24th March
Etihad Rail Relocates to Prestigious Capital Gate Tower
12th March
Aramex to Use Etihad Rail Network to Enhance Market Connectivity and Logistics Services in the GCC
10th March
Etihad Rail board visits site in Western Region
3rd March
Aramex signs MoU to use Etihad Rail network
26th February
Etihad Rail Secures USD 1.28 Billion in Financing for Stage One of Project
23rd February
Etihad Rail Signs Strategic Agreement to Sponsor Al Jazira Sports Club
29th January
Tawdheef 2013
15th January
World Future Energy Summit
26th December
Etihad Rail’s first batch of rail wagons arrive at Mina Zayed
5th December
Etihad Rail signs MoU with Sharaf Logistics
25th November
Etihad Rail Signs MoU with Center of Waste Management
22nd November
Etihad Rail hosts 3rd Semi-Annual Advisory Panel for bulk and logistics sectors
20th November
Etihad Rail signs MoU with Sharjah Cement Factory
14th November
Etihad Rail hosts Intermodal Seminar GCC Railway Experts Meeting
15th October
Etihad Rail Sign MoU with Global Shipping & Logistics (GSL)
25th September
Etihad Rail signs MoU with Hoyer Global Transport BV
9th September
HE Dr. Nasser Saif Al Mansoori appointed CEO of Etihad Rail
29th August
Etihad Rail Sleepers factory becomes operational
11th August
Etihad Rail sign MoU with DHL
29th July
Etihad Rail tenders first contracts of Stage Two
4th June
Etihad Rail hosts Intermodal Seminar
8th May
Etihad Rail signs MoU with DP World
20th March
Etihad Rail host Western Region community Seminar
15th March
Etihad Rail hosts second semi-annual advisory panel for the logistics and bulk sectors
21st January
Etihad Rail signs MoU with Al Dahra
26th October
Etihad Rail awards civil and track works contract for Stage One of network to Saipem, Tecnimont and Dodsal
28th September
Etihad Rail sign MoU with Arkan
22nd September
Etihad Rail Vice Chairman H.E. Mattar Al Tayer presents an educational and insightful presentation to Etihad Rail employees
15th September
Etihad Rail host 1st semi-annual Advisory Panel for the logistics and bulk sectors
12th September
Etihad Rail awards contract for sulphur railway wagons to China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Limited (CSR)
6th August
Etihad Rail sign MoU with Emirates Steel Industries (ESI)
1st August
Etihad Rail has selected Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) to design and manufacture seven heavy haul freight locomotives
3rd July
Etihad Rail awarded India's PCM Strescon Overseas Ventures (PCM Strescon) contract for railway sleepers
19th June
Etihad Rail signs MoU with Du
23rd April
Etihad Rail Chairman and Vice Chairman inspect sites for first phase of railway network
12th April
Etihad Rail signs MoU with Etisalat
24th March
Etihad Rail reveals new corporate identity
24th March
HE Nasser Al Sowaidi appointed new chairman of Union Railway
9th June
UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has approved a federal law decree for the creation of an independent rail company, to be involved in the transporting of goods and passengers, and which is to be wholly owned by the federal government